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We must inform Mr Shultz of the existence of https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/rec.games.bridge
May 9, 2015
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What sort of hand will partner have to advance to the four-level with a four-card suit? Surely the contract will be beaten with three hearts and one club.

Of greater interest to me was, “I… wasn't sure whether to encourage or discourage.”

Is this question really one of UI? What actually happened at the table as regards tempo and cashing?
May 8, 2015
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Slam hands with a long suit in each hand should seriously consider 6NT.

Paul Stern, 1934
April 20, 2015
ATB
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Indeed, there is no issue at all with FP/not FP. They cannot play undoubled and that's that.

Benoit might like to swap one player's minor suits and then tell us about “suggesting 6H”.
April 19, 2015
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I think XX is a stand-out… a likely make that cannot go more than one down and if they run we will tear their wings off.
April 17, 2015
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Old Australian slang for two hand patterns:
Swan = 1-1-4-7
Eau de Cologne = 4-7-1-1


For system work:
T = Terminal
NF = Not Forcing
F = Forcing
F1R = Forcing for one round
GT = Game Try
GF = Game Force
ST = Slam Try
SF = Slam Force
April 9, 2015
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We have such cockroaches in Australia; a request for them to stop their (illegal) carry-on is treated with outrage. Perhaps there's something to this Recorder business after all…

BTW, I am a little puzzled; was the double of 2NT not for a heart lead? How/why did LHO know/guess not to lead one?
April 7, 2015
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There was a pair in Australia that arranged that they could not sell out to the opponent's contract of 2 or lower.

Once word got out (they “forgot” to alert or pre-alert) they had to drop it… too expensive.
April 6, 2015
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There are no firm rules for slang, but I think:
yr = “your”
ur = “you are”

I agree with Frances; much prefer plain English.
April 6, 2015
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Yes, the payment part is not as smooth as it could be. Still, there is the option for an online bank transfer, so the entire procedure (registration and payment) can be done from home.
April 6, 2015
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Here is the online registration and offline payment page for the next big event in Austalia, starting in a few weeks.

https://www.entries.bridgeaustralia.org/onlineentries.php?id=18
April 6, 2015
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I once lead low from AQJxxxxx and a void to 6 (1982 Australian National Open Teams).

Dummy had two low and partner ruffed, so I could have beaten the contract by leading the Ace. But no matter! Parter was sure to return a diamond!

He did. And declarer ruffed high and claimed.

That was the last time I tried that stuff. No more for me.
April 5, 2015
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Your email correspondent should consider filing a report with the Recorder…
March 22, 2015
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The bridge-playing community can indeed be amazingly talented and effective when it comes to stepping in and righting some wrong. GS's intervention is another fine example.

However, Adriano's disquiet, and the complaints of others regarding hotel wifi in another posting, are justified. Hotels (along with banks, airlines and others) are clearly engaged in a policy of charging unjustifiably-high fees for mundane matters.

Quite how to eradicate what, in some cases, is clearly the activity of a cartel, is a little more difficult.
March 22, 2015
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I was reading a report a couple of weeks ago… 95% of hotels in Cambodia have free WiFi…
March 22, 2015
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I agree with Martin 100%. Asking about one particular bid, when it will be partner's turn to call, is skating on very thin ice indeed.

“I was thinking of doubling” is something committees have heard before; it's up there with the old faithful, “I was thinking about the whole hand”.
March 19, 2015
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“After the 3♣ bid North asked what 2♠ was and what 3♣ was.”

Did your partner ask about the 2 call when it was not his turn to call?

Or did he ask about it after 3NT, when it was going to be your lead?

In either case there may well be some other “issues” to consider.
March 19, 2015
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There is a description of Chicago procedures, scoring and tactics in Ruben's The Secrets of Winning Bridge.
March 19, 2015
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This article's title should be changed to:
Bates and Kasle UnWin IMP Pairs
March 15, 2015
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